EU bans all transactions with Ukraine’s cultural heritage goods looted by Russia

EU bans all transactions with Ukraine’s cultural heritage goods looted by Russia

The 14th package of EU sanctions against the aggressor state, Russia, which was adopted today by the EU Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs, contains a direct ban on any trade or other transactions with objects of Ukraine’s cultural or intellectual heritage that were captured amid Russian aggression and removed from Ukraine by Russian invaders.

That's according to the European Council press service, Ukrinform reports.

"[I]t will be forbidden to purchase, import, transfer or export Ukrainian cultural property goods and other goods of archaeological, historical, cultural, rare scientific or religious importance, where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the goods have been unlawfully removed from Ukraine.," the message says.

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In addition, the new package will impose restrictions on accepting applications for registrations in the EU of certain intellectual property rights by Russian nationals and companies, with the aim of offsetting the actions of the Russian government and courts illegitimately depriving EU intellectual property rights holders of their protection in Russia.

As noted, all restrictive measures contained in the 14th package of EU sanctions against Russia will soon be published in the Official Journal of the EU.

As reported earlier, since the outset of Russian aggression against Ukraine, the EU has been providing Ukraine with significant economic, political and financial assistance, pursuing a consistent policy of applying economic and individual sanctions against the aggressor state, and also taking measures to avoid their circumvention by third party governments and entities.

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